Tax fraud, identity theft scheme: One of three Milwaukee sisters headed to prison
MILWAUKEE -- One of three Milwaukee sisters charged in connection with a tax fraud and identity theft scheme has been sentenced to prison.
38-year-old Angela Staten was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison on Tuesday, February 9th for her role in the scheme. In addition to the prison time, Staten has been ordered to serve 14 years extended supervision.
Angela Staten must also jointly repay $202,520 in restitution to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
Angela and her two sisters, Sharon and Tawanda, were charged with a total of 90 felony charges in February 2015 for filing fraudulent income tax returns following a two year investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's (DOR) Criminal Investigation Section.
The three sisters are being prosecuted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for being part of a scheme where 2,000 fraudulent tax claims were filed between January 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2012.
The scheme attempted to get a total of $960,175 in tax refunds, but the agency blocked $725,785 in fake claims, or more than three quarters of the fake returns, by following the patterns that the Staten sisters and their accomplices used when filing.
DOR's Criminal Investigation agents referred the case to the Milwaukee County DA's Office in April 2014 following an in-depth investigation that gathered evidence against the Staten sisters.
This includes evidence that was gained when DOR's agents executed search warrants against all three on May 31st, 2012, which turned up documents, computer files, fingerprints and other evidence that listed hundreds of stolen identities with names, dates of birth, and social security numbers.
Staten Sisters' Criminal Charges
Sharon Staten, Tawanda Staten, Angela Staten